Counties served by the Arcata Field Office

Independent Adoption

  • Del Norte
  • Humboldt
  • Trinity

Agency Adoption

  • Del Norte
  • Humboldt
  • Trinity

Adoption Information Meetings

Adoption information meetings are held in Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties. These meetings provide information about adoption for those individuals and/or families who are considering adding a child to their family by adopting. There are a series of adoption study classes held twice a year in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. To inquire about the scheduled time and location of these meetings, please contact the Arcata Field Office at 749 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521 or call (707) 826-9180.

Post Adoption Services

The goal of the Post Adoption Services (PAS) project is to provide services to adoptive families. The project offers individual, family and group counseling, specialized adoption-training events, regular group meetings with adoptive parents and children to offer support and guidance. For more information, please contact the PAS project at (707) 825-9178.

Children Available for Adoption

In an effort to utilize the power of the Internet and to bring children and families together, the California Kids Connection program was developed as California's registry of children waiting to be adopted and families wanting to adopt. The program offers both a secure website accessible only to California licensed adoption agency personnel and a public site accessible to any Internet user.

The California Kids Connection public website is available to anyone using the Internet. Visitors to this area of the website may view and indicate their interest in specific children by sending an immediate email to the adoption agency identified for each child. This site features children for whom legal clearance has been granted by the court.

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) establishes procedures for the adoption of children coming into California from another state and for children who are leaving California to be adopted by individuals who live in other states.

Information about ICPC forms and procedures for Agency adoptions is available at licensed public or private adoption agencies. Information regarding ICPC for Independent adoptions is available at CDSS adoptions Regional and field offices. Residents of Alameda, Los Angeles, or San Diego Counties should contact the licensed public adoption agencies in their county of residence.

To obtain a copy of licensed adoption agencies, see the "Directory of Public and Licensed California Adoption Agencies" or call 1 (800) KIDS-4-US.

Inter-Country Adoptions

You can adopt a child from another country through California's Intercountry Adoption Program. To obtain information about the program requirements, contact a private adoption agency licensed to provide these services in the county where you reside. To obtain a copy of licensed adoption agencies, see the "Directory of Public and Licensed California Adoption Agencies" or call 1 (800) KIDS-4-US.

For further details on Intercountry adoptions, please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website or contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Customer Service Center at 1 (800) 375-5283.

Contact Us

Sutie Wheeler 
Field Office Supervisor
Arcata Field Office
749 F Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Telephone: (707) 826-9180
FAX: (707) 826-9984